Friday, June 14, 2013

happy hour! ~ strawberry rhubarb cocktail on the rocks

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Justin and I are not ones to shy away from a good cocktail- we have been known to have impromptu happy hours, even if it is just the two of us -complete with bar mix & cauliflower buffalo wings.
Most often than not, our happy hours consist of home-brew & vodka tonics. I was inspired by this post over at Oh, Lady cakes  -  until then I had never heard of Art in the Age. After reading their story I was convinced this was most likely the best line of liquor ever to exist- socially & environmentally responsible, organic & passionate, this is a company that is committed to creating the best possible liquor for your cocktail making experience. If you have a few minutes you should definitely head on over to their site to learn more about what & how they do what they do best. Luckily, my local liquor store carries the Art in the Age line - I came home with Snap, Root & Rhubarb, I was one happy girl.


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Admittedly,  the bottles sat atop our side table for a couple weeks. Not sure exactly how I wanted to enjoy my first cocktail made with this amazing liquor, I waited until inspiration hit- I wasn't about to screw this up.
Inspiration cam in form of a Strawberry Rhubarb Cakelette (recipe coming soon!) - a bit of strawberry rhubarb syrup was leftover from the cakes, it was just begging to be made into a summer cocktail.

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This is the kind of drink that makes you feel grown up - the method of creating the drink is relaxing in itself. Fresh tarragon from the garden muddles with a syrup made from freshly picked strawberries & rhubarb from the market made a tasty little drink indeed. One that is made for sipping and not as a beer pong chaser (Justin and I make a pretty unbeatable beer pong/beruit team).

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If you don't fancy yourself a cocktail or two, you can easily make this without the Rhubarb- but really, if you have the means and the ability to track Art in the Age Rhubarb (and are able to enjoy alcohol), do it this weekend - I promise you won't regret it.
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 Strawberry Rhubarb Cocktail on the rocks
makes 1 cocktail

you will need:
1 (1) oz shot of Rhubarb Liquor
2 tbsp strawberry rhubarb syrup*
small sprig of tarragon
Sparkling Water such as S Pellegrino
3 ice cubes or crushed ice

assembly:  

*for the syrup
in a small sauce pan combine 1/2 cup sugar, juice of 1emon, 3/4 cup chopped rhubarb & 11 strawberries quartered. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to medium low and simmer until strawberries and rhubarb begin to soften and breakdown- about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat, pour mixture into a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl and strain. Reserve the strawberries and rhubarb to use when baking or to top your morning oatmeal.

In a low ball glass, muddle 2 tbsp syrup with tarragon. Add crushed ice, the shooter of Rhubarb liquor- top off with San Pellegrino or sparkling water.

Enjoy! 


Yum

45 comments:

  1. i'm not a drinker, let alone cocktail girl, but this looks delicious!

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  2. Hi! I LOVE your site- your food always looks so thoughtful and tasty.
    I was wondering where you were able to find this? I heard about these from a friend and checked one local liquor store, but they weren't carrying any. I think you might be near me, so I was wondering if you woudn't mind passing the info along.

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi! Thanks for stopping bye :) I found them at the Gilford NH r liquor store and they carry them at the Center harbor store as well- if you sarch art in the age on the NH Liquor store site it will provide you with all the store in NH that carry Art in the Age - if you dont mind me asking- where are you from?

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    2. Oh, great! I'm in Sanbornbton and the liquor store in Franklin doesn't seem to carry much outsdie the usual suspects. I've been making a rhubarb syrup to mix into vodka sodas at home, but I'm excited to try out this fancy treat.

      Thanks again- and please keep up the beautiful recipes. I'm excited to see what you'll be up to with all the fresh, local NH produce that's starting to come in!

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    3. This line is definitely worth the extra cost- I am so excited to try the root, we are waiting for our homemade root beer and hope to try out some grown up root beer floats!

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  3. I've never heard of Art in the Age, but you can bet I'll be keeping a lookout now! Especially since I accidentally missed the entirety of California rhubarb season...

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  4. I love that you shared this recipe! Sounds amazing (as always)!

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  5. We get fresh rhubarb from one farm near us and another of our states most famous strawberry farms is just up the street. I think you gave me a super new recipe to try and utterly organic and fresh. THanks for a great post!

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  6. love that glass! those flavors have got to be so interesting. hubbs will love this!

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  7. Haha I would be very happy with this gorgeous drink in my life :)

    Cheers
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  8. If only the LCBO (liquor stores in Ontario) carried this brand. But alas they do not :( looks simply awesome though! I love me a good happy hour drink too!

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  9. must seek this out! sounds awesome!

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  10. I didn't know such a thing as rhubarb liquor existed, but now that I know it does, I'm jealous I can't get it in Ontario! This sounds like the perfect summer cocktail. I wish I could come over for cocktail hour so I could try this, along with the bar mix and cauliflower wings :)

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  11. Any alternative for rhubarb...
    we dont get here in India easily
    http://breadnburrittos.blogspot.in

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  12. Rhubarb liqueur? Wow! Very neat. I bet this would be so delicious! Definitely going to see if I can find some in stores here!

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